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N I did not remarry, I receive a pension based from my

N I did not remarryJA: The Retirement Accountant will know how to help. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.Customer: I receive a pension based from my employment with the Federal government of the United States. Social Security was not paid. Prior to working at VA and after working at VA, I worked and paid soc security out of my pay. I am divorced (was married 13 years) since 1985, never remarried. I am told I am ineligible to receive spousal benefits because I receive a Fed pension (which will eventually run out). My monthly money from Social security is $320 after the offset. My husband made much more, even if they took 40% from what I was previously told my award ($1290/month), would be more than $320. How is this possible? Is there anything I can do? I'm 66 yrs old.JA: These retirement benefits are supposed to help us but they can be so complicated! The Retirement Expert will help you get the most benefits propertly. Is there anything else the Retirement Accountant should be aware of?Customer: I don't think so, but I am worried. My health benefits (medicare included) cost more than this

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Presently collecting SS. Started collecting 5 years ago at

Presently collecting SS. Started collecting 5 years ago at age 62. I am a Veteran and recently received a 100% disability from the VA for illness due to agent orange in RVN. Am I entitled to an other benefits from SS due to this rating? Such as tax benefits? My medical is all covered.JA: These retirement benefits are supposed to help us but they can be so complicated! The Retirement Expert will help you get the most benefits propertly. Is there anything else important you think the Retirement Accountant should know?Customer: No.

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I just retired from the army. I am rated as 100% disabled.

I just retired from the army. I am rated as 100% disabled. Do i also qualify for social security disability as well? i am 42 yrs old.JA: These retirement benefits are supposed to help us but they can be so complicated! The Retirement Expert will help you get the most benefits propertly. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.Customer: how do i qualify these benefits?JA: Is there anything else important you think the Retirement Accountant should know?Customer: no.

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My SS notice says that I WILL GIT A .03 percent raise this

My SS notice says that I WILL GIT A .03 percent raise this year. The amount of my check is the same as the last 2 years. Has anyone else had this problem?JA: The Retirement Accountant will know how to help. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.Customer: The notice says my base is $1,951.00, less $111.00 for Ins., They come up with $1,840.00 for me. The past 2 years my base was $1,944.90, less $104.90 for Ins. The check has been $1840.00. How is my math wrong?JA: Is there anything else the Retirement Accountant should be aware of?Customer: Such as? I owe VA but have been making payments to them for several years.

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My mother is collecting social security. The last two years

My mother is collecting social security. The last two years her medicare cost have gone up while her SS benefits have been fixed. Her total SS benefits take home reduce because of this. We contacted SS and they told us it is because she did not sign up for Medicare when she was eligible. She retired outside of the US and did not need Medicare since the country had government medical. She is back in the US and now pays a penalty for not selecting Medicare. If they keep raising Medicare premiums then her take home will continue to go down. She is on a fixed income and only takes home $450. Not enough to live on. Can anything be done about this?

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If I am drawing 100% disability from the va, must I still

if I am drawing 100% disability from the va, must I still pay income taxon myreg ss. I'm 79 years old, birthday 08/10/1937JA: These retirement benefits are supposed to help us but they can be so complicated! The Retirement Expert will help you get the most benefits propertly. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.Customer: Ive been drawing ssbenefits since I became elegible at 64 yrs. I became eligible for 100% from VA last year.JA: Is there anything else important you think the Retirement Accountant should know?Customer: ???

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I am years old and have been working up until 9/27/16. At

Hi I am 69 years old and have been working up until 9/27/16. At work I had a massive heart attack and have been out of work without pay since that time. My job has no benefits. I have medicare and a supplemental policy. I am a mental health counselor. My late husband was ill and I was forced to take early social security. I receive $757 a month from that which is not enough to live on. I will be out of work for probably a year or longer. Is there any options for me to pursue?

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I have VA benefits not compensation and receive less that

I have VA benefits not compensation and receive less that poverty line monthly. Can I withdraw in one lump sum any Social Security benefits coming to me without harming my monthly benefits from VA?

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I just received a letter from the VA stating that my va

I just received a letter from the VA stating that my va pension is being cancelled because I did not report to them that I was starting to collect SSI. When I was applying for SSI I went to a VA Q&A website to ask if I could collect both SSI and a VA pension. The answer I got was yes so I assumed that I could collect both, so I did not tell the VA that I was collecting SSI. Now they want stop my payments and repay them for all the checks I have received December of 2013. I simply don't have the money to repay them and the loss of my VA pension will leave me just SSI for income which is $1090 a month. HELP!JA: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?Customer: I don't understand your question.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No.

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